hemistich

noun
hemi·​stich | \ ˈhe-mi-ˌstik How to pronounce hemistich (audio) \

Definition of hemistich

: half a poetic line of verse usually divided by a caesura

First Known Use of hemistich

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemistich

Latin hemistichium, from Greek hēmistichion, from hēmi- + stichos line, verse; akin to Greek steichein to go — more at stair

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“Hemistich.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemistich. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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